Hello everyone,

As promised, here are the details of my first week of experimenting with matcha. Every morning, instead of coffee, I made myself a nice big bowl of matcha. Firstly, let me say that it does take a little bit more time to prepare matcha than brew coffee in a coffee maker but those few extra moments were definitely worth it. I started out with hot, but not boiling, water. I just let the kettle sit as I got ready for my day. The act of making the matcha, the measuring out and the whisking, felt like a moment of meditation. Already feeling calm and ready to face the day, I drank it alongside my breakfast. I can say, with the utmost confidence, that the energy I get from matcha feels entirely different than a caffeine jolt. While coffee definitely did wake me up, it always felt like a hit to the system and only lasted a couple of hours. I realize this is highly variable and coffee has different effects on different people, but this seems to be a common complaint among coffee drinkers. Not so with matcha. I felt energized, awake and yet calm and stable. The energy lasted throughout my morning classes and well into the afternoon. As I mentioned last week, matcha doesn’t only have caffeine but contains a whole host of alkaloids and amino acids that bring about that calm energy. Arriving at work later in the afternoon, on most days I would treat myself to an iced matcha, sometimes with a bit of ginger. This is also a really refreshing afternoon drink that gave me the same stress-free energy and got me right through the evening. Usually, I would have a black tea at this time, and I definitely plan to alternate (I love my black teas!) but for particularly stressful periods and when I have a workload, I think matcha will be my afternoon drink. Overall, I found my stress levels to be under control (this never happens during the first few weeks of class) and my energy to be consistent. Matcha gave me a sense of well-being that nothing else seems to replicate for me. I thought it would be tough to give up my morning coffee but it was actually relatively painless. So far, I’m beyond pleased with matcha’s energy-boosting effects!

 

Matcha Latte

Hello everyone! This week and for the next few weeks to come we are going to have a series of guest posts written by a Tea Emporium staffer/student. Follow us in the coming weeks to read about her experimentation with matcha for the purposes of improving her energy levels, focus/concentration, health booster and ultimate skin care product.

Week 1 – Matcha as Energy Booster

It’s the first week of class and like my fellow students, I’m already inundated with piles or readings and assignments. Having traditionally relied on copious amounts of coffee (cue shock and horror amongst tea purists), I’ve been looking for a gentler, perhaps less jolting method of keeping up my energy levels. Since matcha is in fact a stone-ground Japanese green tea, it does contain caffeine (or teine, if we want to be technical), but also contains a whole host of other beneficial compounds, most notably L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino-acid linked to improved cognitive function, decreased anxiety and stress and improved moods. It is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and several studies have linked it to better performance on specific tasks. It is found naturally in plant foods, especially matcha, which contains several times more than a cup of regular brewed green tea. Obviously, for a student, or for anyone who needs to concentrate for a prolonged period of time, or even those of faced with demanding schedules, there is potentially huge benefit in making matcha drinking a ritual. Starting today I will be replacing my morning coffee with matcha and following that with more cup in the afternoon. Tune in next week to read about my results!Matcha